TROY - Troy University honored employees for their years of service during a ceremony on Thursday, among them the University's Chancellor, Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr.
TROY honors employees each quarter for five-year increments of service. In all, 53 employees were honored on Thursday, representing a collective 737 years of service to TROY.
Dr. Hawkins received a lapel pin recognizing his 25 years of service as the University Chancellor. Dr. Doug Hawkins, President Pro-Tem Emeritus of the University's Board of Trustees, made the presentation to the Chancellor.
"Without a doubt this was the best decision Troy University has ever made," Doug Hawkins said, referencing the hiring of Chancellor in 1989. "Longevity has a lot to do with the success of an organization, and many don't understand that there are four presidents or chancellors whose combined service covers more than 100 years of the University's 127 year history. I am very proud to be able to present this service pin to Dr. Jack Hawkins."
A native of Mobile, Dr. Hawkins was named Chancellor on Sept. 1, 1989. Hawkins has overseen an era of change and growth at TROY, as he led the merger of the worldwide Troy State University System into the unified Troy University, an initiative called "One Great University." More than $250 million has been invested in capital improvements by the Hawkins Administration, including new academic buildings on all four of TROY's Alabama campuses.
Chancellor Hawkins has served as the catalyst for the University's evolution to an international institution, as TROY has attracted record numbers of students from other nations and established teaching sites around the world. During his tenure, academic standards for admission have been increased, new degree programs were established in all academic colleges, and intercollegiate athletics joined the highest level of NCAA competition.
Three buildings have been named in his honor: the "Jack and Janice Hawkins Chapel" at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind, the "Hawkins-Adams-Long Hall of Honor" and "Jack Hawkins, Jr. Hall" which serves the College of Education of Troy University.
Dr. Hawkins' family includes his wife, Janice, and daughters Katie and Kelly. Katie is married to Capt. Dan Beall of the United States Air Force and the couple has a son, Noah and a daughter, Ellyotte. Kelly is an Assistant Alabama Attorney General and is married to Adam Godwin, a TROY alumnus and a professional baseball player.